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IBC Foundation convenes Nurse Week event focused on helping veterans explore nursing careers

Deans and Directors of regional nursing schools

The IBC Foundation 2023 Nursing Partner Meeting

During National Nurses Week (May 6-12), the Independence Blue Cross Foundation (IBC Foundation) convened the Deans and Directors of regional nursing schools for expert led discussions around the connection between military veterans and nurses in serving country and community.

Dr. Rita Ferrari D’Aoust, PhD, RN, Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, shared the important role education plays in helping veterans as they transition back into local communities post combat. Wesley Wilson, Director of the Military and Veterans Resource Center at Georgetown University, offered best practices for maximizing the financial resources through the Yellow Ribbon Program available to veterans who are pursuing a nursing degree.

In that same week, Senior Foundation Program Specialist Marlene Harmon-Perkins at the IBC Foundation attended the Community College of Philadelphia’s (CCP) annual Scholarship Luncheon. This event celebrated CCP nursing students, including three Foundation Nurses for Tomorrow Scholarship recipients, who will graduate this spring.

Independence Blue Cross Foundation Team

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation is leading a future for equitable health in our communities and nation. The IBX Foundation’s grant programs and the Independence Blue Cross Foundation Institute for Health Equity are advancing three areas of impact: Access to Care, the Healthcare Workforce, and Health Equity. Since inception the IBX Foundation’s most important stakeholder – the community – has been at the center of the work. By the end of 2023, the IBX Foundation will have awarded grants totaling more than $80 million to support nonprofits and research improving the health and well-being of communities in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Learn more by visiting our website: ibxfoundation.org. Connect with the Independence Blue Cross Foundation on LinkedIn.